Hi, I'm Colin Daniel. I've taught guitar and bass for decades, and from all that experience I've noticed one thing...

Most guitar players struggle with learning the guitar in a logical, step-by-step manner.

In fact, a lot of players are busy darting around learning a riff here, a lick there, and a new chord in between. Sometimes they'll learn something from a friend, or during a jam session. Sometimes they'll spend hours surfing around on YouTube trying to find a lesson that teaches them what they want to learn, at their level. Most times, the things they find leave more questions than answers.

Sometimes they'll even take lessons for a while, or have a decent repertoire of songs, but they still lack an in-depth understanding of their instrument...

Most of these people end up in my studio, frustrated after years of searching for answers, unsure if anyone can even teach them how to play the guitar or bass anymore.

The fact is, very few have an orderly 'plan of attack' for improving their guitar skills. They're relying on collecting everything they need to know to play the guitar, or bass, through a random string of events.

Think about it for a moment - do you know anybody who has ever successfully mastered anything simply by relying on chance encounters?

That's why if you really want to learn how to play guitar, or bass, you need to throw out that whole idea of chance.

Take the wheel in your own hands, find a good road map that will take you where you want to be, and start driving!

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The 'Learn Guitar' Road Map

I've spent years on the road, playing in clubs and bands all over the place. I've also taught over 5,000 musicians one-on-one, which has allowed me to develop and refine the fastest and most efficient path to becoming a successful guitar or bass player. Although I've got the education to back it, my technique isn't just theory. It's backed up by years on the road and in recording studios. In short, I'm the guy that people come to after they've tried all their other options... and my technique is the one that sets them free.

If you're looking for that seemingly elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - the freedom and ability to play what you want, how you want, in any situation, effortlessly... then congratulations my friend, because I've got a treasure map that will lead you directly there.

Just like a treasure map, there are going to be mountains and valleys to cross, but I'll keep you on target at each step, showing you just what you need to progress to the next level.

Inside the Riff Ninja Academy, we've laid out literally dozens of hours of instructional videos all in the precise order that will benefit you most. Step by step, these lessons track the very path you need to follow to become an accomplished player.

From total beginner "How do I hold this thing???" all the way to "I wanna shred like Stevie Ray Vaughn" I've got you covered.

It might take you a year to go through all the lessons inside, or it might take you three years.

But that's not the point.

The point is that at each step along the way, regardless of what level you're at, I'll be there to help you climb the next mountain, or cross the next valley. You'll always be moving forward, never sideways, and never backwards.

Learning how to play an instrument (of any kind) is truly an investment in yourself. There are many benefits to playing guitar, including stress relief and the pure enjoyment of entertaining or playing with friends. There's something about expressing yourself through the guitar that no money can buy.

And do you want to know something strange? It's proven that the better you play guitar, the more you enjoy playing.

And that's why at the Riff Ninja Academy, our mission is to help you become the best guitar or bass guitar player you can be.

We take on the toughest questions, and we won't send you away with a 10 minute "fast food" style guitar lesson! Riff Ninja lessons are meaty, and contain enough material to keep you working on each one for several practice sessions!

If you want a black belt in guitar playing, there's no better place to get it!

What people are saying about the Riff Ninja Academy:

I am really excited about your site and admire your creative mind and ability clearly to have fun while you teach. Also your stated desire to teach comes through. I have grown in leaps and bounds since I became a member last week. After playing bass 30 years you and Jon have made a huge difference in my playing and understanding why it sounds good. I know we need to rewind and back up on lessons to eventually get it and we can. Time for me to do some homework professor!


Hi Colin,

Your emphasis on left hand position has helped me out a lot. At first it was a little clumsy, but then I kind of relaxed and fell into focusing on my hand position. As well as the up down picking. I am already on the e major diatonic (open), but it is still nice to be able to come back to your lessons. You’re gonna have me playing like Jimi in no time. Thanks


Wow, what a great teacher. I have been all over YouTube and watched many videos, but most of the other teachers rush through. Your attention to detail is fantastic… Thank you

At Last - The Guitar Makes SENSE!

The Riff Ninja method is all about helping you to fully understand how and why your guitar works, so you can use it to the best of your ability to create amazing music.

Have you ever asked yourself:

  • Why does one chord work so well with a specific set of other chords?
  • How does strumming affect the song, and how do I strum anyways?
  • How can I play seamlessly all up and down the fretboard?
  • What scale should I use to solo in?
  • How can I make my playing sound like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, John Fogerty, BB King or any other famous guitar player?
  • What is the Number System and how do I use it with my playing?

Playing the guitar can be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling skills a person can learn. Our students tell us stories of finally being able to jam freely at the end of the day, burning off stress from the workplace, of now being able to express themselves through music to family and friends, and taking their guitar and bass playing to new levels that they had never before even hoped to achieve!

Guitar Lessons For Players Of All Levels

The last time we took the time to count, we found over 50 HOURS worth of guitar and bass lessons tucked away in our member's area! If you took guitar lessons for an hour per week, then practiced what you learned for the rest of the week, that's an entire year's worth of material to keep you improving!

But don't be intimidated by the huge number, nearly all of our lessons are broken down into 20-30 minute segments focusing on specific aspects of your playing. There are also some series of lessons that do justice to the larger topics, while keeping things in manageable chunks for easy learning.

From straight up beginner to experienced soloist, we've got material in here that will challenge you all the way to the next level, and beyond! All of the lessons are categorized by skill level (from 1 to 5) making it easy to find a lesson appropriate for your current level.

If 50 hours worth of lessons isn't quite enough to keep you busy (are you serious? :)), our commitment is to continue adding more great guitar and bass lessons to the member's area each month.

Our Guitar And Bass Teachers

Colin Daniel is a guitar teacher and professional musician with over 40 years of experience. He has taught over 5000 students face-to-face over the years, including many that went on to professional careers of their own. Colin has played hundreds of gigs in all kinds of strange places over the years, and has the stories to prove it! Playing the guitar has been and still is his livelihood, and now his 40+ years of playing and teaching experience has been made available to you.

Early on in his career, Colin became frustrated with the inability of classical music theory to explain the things he saw happening in the guitar world. Subsequently, he dug even deeper into the theory, adapting and updating where necessary to the point where his method truly does explain everything that happens on the guitar. If you've ever been stumped by something on the guitar, Colin has the answer you're looking for! Combined with his experience in teaching and playing, Colin's method has been refined over many years to the point where it is now easily understood and applied by guitarists both young and old, fresh and advanced.

Jonathan Boettcher learned to play guitar from Colin, back in the mid 90's. Via GuitarTipsWeekly.com and his Unlocking The Guitar lessons, Jonathan has helped thousands of guitar and bass players improve their skills.

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We believe the Riff Ninja Academy is the best place online to learn to play the guitar, and we're putting our money where our mouth is to prove it.

We have the road map you need to become a great guitar player, and what's more, you can try it for three days completely free. There are no catches, no credit card required, just hit the yellow button below and you can start taking your guitar or bass playing to the next level.

What have you got to lose? Sign up now!

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